2000 NFL season

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2000 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 3 – December 25, 2000
Playoffs
Start date December 30, 2000
AFC Champions Baltimore Ravens
NFC Champions New York Giants
Super Bowl XXXV
Date January 28, 2001
Site Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Champions Baltimore Ravens
Pro Bowl
Date February 4, 2001
Site Aloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 1999 2001 > 

The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants.

Week 1 of the season reverted to Labor Day weekend in 2000. It would be the last NFL season to date to start Labor Day weekend.

Major rule changes[edit]

  • In order to cut down on group celebrations, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and fines will be assessed for celebrations by two or more players.
  • Anyone wearing an eligible number (1–49 and 80–89) can play at quarterback without having to first report to the referee before a play.
    • This rule change resulted in the increase of trick plays teams can employ on offense.
  • The "Bert Emanuel" rule was implemented, stating that when making a catch and falling to the ground, the ball is allowed to touch the ground and still be considered a catch if the player maintains clear control of the ball.

Uniform and logo changes[edit]

  • New England Patriots – New uniforms. Shade of blue darkened considerably, blue pants introduced for road uniforms.
  • Baltimore Ravens – New Ravens Shield logo on sleeve ends.
  • Kansas City Chiefs – Red pants on road uniforms for first time since 1988.
  • New Orleans Saints – Returned to gold pants for road uniforms.
  • New York Giants – Re-adopted their 1960s logo. New uniforms; home uniforms feature blue jerseys with white block numbers while road jerseys feature red numbers with blue outlines (reversing previous design). Pants color changes to gray.
  • New York Jets & New York Giants – New grass field in Giants Stadium.
  • St. Louis Rams – New logo and new uniforms. Shades of blue and gold darkened to "New Century Blue" and "Millennium Gold."

Coaching changes[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green. No ties occurred this year.

AFC East
Team W L PCT PF PA
(3) Miami Dolphins 11 5 .688 323 226
(6) Indianapolis Colts 10 6 .625 429 326
New York Jets 9 7 .563 321 321
Buffalo Bills 8 8 .500 315 350
New England Patriots 5 11 .313 276 338
AFC Central
Team W L PCT PF PA
(1) Tennessee Titans 13 3 .813 346 191
(4) Baltimore Ravens 12 4 .750 333 165
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 .563 321 255
Jacksonville Jaguars 7 9 .438 367 327
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 .250 185 359
Cleveland Browns 3 13 .188 161 419
AFC West
Team W L PCT PF PA
(2) Oakland Raiders 12 4 .750 479 299
(5) Denver Broncos 11 5 .688 485 369
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 .438 355 354
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 .375 320 405
San Diego Chargers 1 15 .063 269 440
NFC East
Team W L PCT PF PA
(1) New York Giants 12 4 .750 328 246
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 .688 351 245
Washington Redskins 8 8 .500 281 269
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 .313 294 361
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 .188 210 443
NFC Central
Team W L PCT PF PA
(2) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 .688 397 371
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 .625 388 269
Green Bay Packers 9 7 .563 353 323
Detroit Lions 9 7 .563 307 307
Chicago Bears 5 11 .313 216 355
NFC West
Team W L PCT PF PA
(3) New Orleans Saints 10 6 .625 354 305
(6) St. Louis Rams 10 6 .625 540 471
Carolina Panthers 7 9 .438 310 310
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 .375 388 422
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 .250 252 413


Tiebreakers[edit]

  • Green Bay finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (5–3 to Lions' 3–5).
  • New Orleans finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC West based on better division record (7–1 to Rams' 5–3).
  • Tampa Bay was the second NFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over St. Louis (1–0).

Playoffs[edit]

                                   
December 31 - PSINet Stadium   January 7 - Adelphia Coliseum          
 5  Denver  3
 4  Baltimore  24
 4  Baltimore  21     January 14 - Network Associates Coliseum
 1  Tennessee  10  
AFC
December 30 - Pro Player Stadium  4  Baltimore  16
January 6 - Network Associates Coliseum
   2  Oakland  3  
 6  Indianapolis  17 AFC Championship
 3  Miami  0
 3  Miami  23*   January 28 - Raymond James Stadium
 2  Oakland  27  
Wild Card Playoffs  
Divisional Playoffs
December 30 - Louisiana Superdome  A4  Baltimore  34
January 6 - Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
   N1  N.Y. Giants  7
 6  St. Louis  28 Super Bowl XXXV
 3  New Orleans  16
 3  New Orleans  31     January 14 - Giants Stadium
 2  Minnesota  34  
NFC
December 31 - Veterans Stadium  2  Minnesota  0
January 7 - Giants Stadium
   1  N.Y. Giants  41  
 5  Tampa Bay  3 NFC Championship
 4  Philadelphia  10
 4  Philadelphia  21  
 1  N.Y. Giants  20  


* Indicates overtime victory
Home team in capitals

AFC[edit]

  • Wild-Card playoffs: MIAMI 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT); BALTIMORE 21, Denver 3
  • Divisional playoffs: OAKLAND 27, Miami 0; Baltimore 24, TENNESSEE 10
  • AFC Championship: Baltimore 16, OAKLAND 3 at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California, January 14, 2001

NFC[edit]

  • Wild-Card playoffs: NEW ORLEANS 31, St. Louis 28; PHILADELPHIA 21, Tampa Bay 3
  • Divisional playoffs: MINNESOTA 34, New Orleans 16; N.Y. GIANTS 20, Philadelphia 10
  • NFC Championship: N.Y. GIANTS 41, Minnesota 0 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 14, 2001

Super Bowl[edit]

Milestones[edit]

The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[1]
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Game Corey Dillon, Cincinnati (278) October 22, vs. Denver Walter Payton, Chicago vs. Minnesota, November 20, 1977 (275)
Most Pass Receptions, Game Terrell Owens, San Francisco (20) December 17, vs. Chicago Tom Fears, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, December 3, 1950 (18)
Most Points, Career Gary Anderson, Minnesota October 22, vs. Buffalo George Blanda 1949–1975 (2,002)
Most Two-Point Conversions by a Team, Game St. Louis (4) October 15, vs. Atlanta Tied by 2 teams (3)
Most Yards Gained by a Team, Season St. Louis (7,075) N/A Miami, 1984 (6,936)
Most Passing Yards Gained by a Team, Season St. Louis (5,232) N/A Miami, 1984 (5,018)

Statistical leaders[edit]

Team[edit]

Points scored St. Louis Rams (540)
Total yards gained St. Louis Rams (7,075)
Yards rushing Baltimore Ravens (2,470)
Yards passing St. Louis Rams (5,232)
Fewest points allowed Baltimore Ravens (165)
Fewest total yards allowed Tennessee Titans (3,813)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Baltimore Ravens (970)
Fewest passing yards allowed Tennessee Titans (2,423)

Individual[edit]

Scoring Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)
Touchdowns Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)
Most field goals made Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)
Rushing Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)
Passing Brian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating)
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs)
Pass receiving Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)
Pass receiving yards Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)
Punt returns Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards)
Kickoff returns Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards)
Interceptions Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9)
Punting Darren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards)
Sacks La'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17)

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Coach of the Year Jim Haslett, New Orleans
Offensive Player of the Year Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore
Offensive Rookie of the Year Mike Anderson, Running Back, Denver
Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Joe Johnson, Defensive End, New Orleans

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. ISBN 978-1-932994-36-0. 

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